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South Sudan crisis appeal

Over three years of fighting have forced more than three million people from their homes. Now 7.5 million people are in urgent need of help in South Sudan. 

Help provide urgently needed food, water and sanitation to the people who need it most.

Donate to South Sudan 

Since July 2016, more than 1 million people have fled to Uganda, where Oxfam is providing clean water and other help.

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Bruno Bierrenbach Feder/Oxfam

George* sits on his mother's lap as health personnel take his measurements to determine his nutrition level. Nyal, Unity State, South Sudan  - March 2017.

*Name changed

The situation

South Sudan is on the brink of catastrophe. Some 100,000 are already living in famine and nearly five million people - 40% of the population - are facing extreme hunger. More than 60% of the population - 7.5 million people - are in need of humanitarian aid.

Over three million have now been forced from their homes, with 1.3 million people having fled to neighbouring countries and approaching two million displaced within the country.

The people of South Sudan are used to coping with adversity but in over 30 years of working in these affected areas, Oxfam has never witnessed such dire need. Civilians including women and children have been attacked,  and schools and hospitals have been looted and burned. Tens of thousands of people have been killed.

Many have had to leave behind their possessions, crops and livestock or sell their assets to escape and have no means to buy food, water and other essentials. 

Camps are becoming overcrowded and poor sanitation is increasing the risk of disease.

The declaration of famine in South Sudan reflects the collective failure to heed the countless warnings of an ever-worsening situation. This is a man-made tragedy, and we are running out of time to avoid it getting worse.

Kieran Doherty

Mobile water source at Imvepi Settlement, Uganda. 

More than one million people have fled the brutal conflict in South Sudan and taken refuge in neighbouring Uganda in places like Bidibidi the largest refugee settlement in the world - home to over 270,000 South Sudanese refuges.

Oxfam's response 

In 2016 Oxfam helped more than 600,000 people across South Sudan by providing food and water - including almost 40,000 of the most vulnerable in Panyijar county, Unity State. We build and repair boreholes and wells, test quality levels, treat water, and train people to look after and maintain their own water supply. Oxfam is preventing the spread of diseases like cholera  by constructing safe, sanitary latrines in camps and settlements, as well as community and household toilets.

More than one million people have fled the brutal conflict in South Sudan and taken refuge in neighbouring Uganda thanks to a generous refugee policy by the country's government. Bidibidi in Northern Uganda is the largest refugee settlement in the world - home to over 270,000 South Sudanese refugees.

In Bidibidi Oxfam and it's local partners have been providing clean drinking water to around 200,000 people. Oxfam is also constructing latrines and supporting hygiene promotion activities in schools and communities. Here Oxfam is creating water systems that will last for 20 years as it is expected that many people who have fled to Uganda will remain there for decades.

Oxfam has seven humanitarian bases across the South Sudan and teams are running life-saving activities in other locations where the need is greatest. We are:

  • Providing regular emergency food distributions to over 415,000 people. 
  • Providing clean water, safe sanitation facilities, essential hygiene items and promoting good hygiene practices to help keep diseases like cholera at bay.
  • Providing vouchers for canoes so that people sheltering from the conflict on islands in the swamps can get to the help they need
  • Supporting the most vulnerable people to produce food for themselves and develop ways to make a living, for example by providing livestock or training, tools and seeds .

Oxfam is also responding to the refugee crisis in Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of Congo and Chad.

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Photo: Pablo Tosco

Oxfam distributes WFP food at Mingkaman where 58,000 people forced from their homes have arrived in search of food, water and safety from the violence.

Robert Fogarty

Margaret, from Magwi county, lost her son Pasquali in Mundri and her daughter-in-law in a bus hijacking. She now takes care of their two children in Mangaten camp, Juba.

Robert Fogarty

Further information

History of Oxfam in southern Sudan

Oxfam has been present in southern Sudan since 1983, providing humanitarian aid to people affected by conflict, drought and floods, as well as long-term development support to vulnerable communities. 

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